Weekend Recap: What Happened at the Box Office?

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October 21st, 2013

Weekend Recap: What Happened at the Box Office?

"Carrie" opened with $17 million, landing behind "Gravity" and "Captain Phillips" in overall box office rankings. Carrie, a troubled teenage girl, struggles both at home and at school. At home, her overzealous mother controls her. At school, her peers taunt her. Though she may seem powerless, Carrie has very unusual powers. If pushed far enough, she may use them, and the results will be bloody and devastating. The R rating is due to bloody violence, mature content, and language.

"Escape Plan" saw profits of $9,800,000 during the weekend of Friday, October 18. Ray knows how to get out of tough situations. The security expert goes inside the world's toughest prisons and figures out their weaknesses, then designs structures that are escape-proof. When Ray ends up behind bars for a crime he didn't commit, however, he'll have to escape a prison under unexpectedly dire circumstances. Violence and language contribute to an R rating.

"The Fifth Estate" debuted with $1,714,000, falling below expectations. Julian Assange believes that the public should know about information that affects their lives. With this in mind, he creates WikiLeaks, an organization that exposes shady governmental and corporate dealings. With WikiLeaks changing the way people view the world, Assange becomes an increasingly controversial figure and makes powerful enemies. The biopic has an R rating for language and violence.

Continuing Films

"Gravity" easily took the lead for a third weekend in a row, thanks to weekend earnings of $31,030,000. The movie has brought in over $170 million so far. A medical engineer and a veteran astronaut embark on what seems to be a routine shuttle mission, but they are not counting on space debris. Stranded by the accident, the two struggle to survive and make their way back to safety. They soon learn how unfriendly outer space can be. "Gravity" has a PG-13 rating for intense perilous sequences, disturbing images, and language.

"Captain Phillips" saw total profits rise past the $53 million marker. Over the weekend, the film earned $17,300,000. In 2009, off Somalia's coast, pirates take control of a U.S. container ship. The ship's commanding officer faces off against Muse, the ruthless pirate leader. As Captain Phillips tries to negotiate a deal that will save his crew, Muse insists he will never compromise, leading to ever growing tensions. "Captain Phillips" has a PG-13 rating for substance abuse, violence, and intense sequences of menace.

"Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2" saw weekend profits of $10,100,000. The witty animated flick has earned more than $93 million so far. Flint is trying move on from the disastrous events he caused with his wildest invention, and is now working for a boss he admires. When his boss asks Flint to head back to Swallow Falls and retrieve his machine, Flint reluctantly agrees. Food-animal hybrids await, ready to start plenty of mischief. The movie's family-friendly PG rating is due to mild rude humor.

"Prisoners" brought in $2,065,000, adding to overall profits that equal more than $57 million. A detective tackles a case that's difficult in more ways than one. Two families have lost their little girls. The authorities' single lead is frustratingly cryptic. As the detective fights to bring the true criminal to justice and save the little girls, he must also deal with his own demons. "Prisoners" has an R rating for disturbing violent content that includes torture, as well as for persistent language.

Movies to DVD

"The Conjuring" arrives out on DVD and Blu-Ray on Tuesday, October 22, just in time for Halloween viewing. After a family moves into a rambling Rhode Island farmhouse, they start discovering the house's strange and unsettling aspects. Desperate to reclaim peace, the family seeks the help of a pair of famous paranormal investigators. The history they uncover is so dark and chilling that it may destroy everyone involved. The chilling horror movie has an R rating for disturbing violence and terror.

"The Internship" stars comedy duo Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson. Realizing that their computer savvy competitors are leaving them far behind, two salesmen decide to land internships at Google and boost their digital know-how. Surrounded by geniuses who are barely out of their high school years, Billy and Nick have to work extra hard to keep up with the younger generation. "The Internship" has a PG-13 rating for mature content, crude humor, partying, and language.

In "The Way Way Back," a teenage boy heads out on a family vacation that will be anything but relaxing. His overbearing stepfather criticizes Duncan at every turn, leaving the teen feeling insecure and anxious. After he meets the friendly, free-spirited manager of a local water park, though, Duncan's summer starts to look a little more promising. The film's PG-13 rating is due to thematic elements, brief drug material, language, and mature content.